In France, small venues that double as cafes and wine bars are everywhere. Matt Lucas and Nellie Barker have visited France numerous times and are now planning to bring the concept to Brisbane with a new venue, The Old Seven.
“[The cafe-wine bars in France] serve basic food with really good produce,” Lucas says. “Most of them are owner-run and the people serving coffee and wine are the people making the food. It’s a great atmosphere.”
The husband-and-wife team have taken over a former art gallery on Old Cleveland Road. The space had no hot water or kitchen; it has taken more than two months to get it up to speed. Finally the end is in sight, with an opening locked in for November 26.
“We were going to the Camp Hill Antique Centre [down the road from the space] and we walked past the site,” Lucas says. “We fell in love with it. It’s perfect for what we want.”
As the name suggests The Old Seven will have an antique fit-out, hanging chandeliers complementing the building’s existing architraves and bay windows.
Lucas has spent 23 years in the liquor industry and the past decade as a wine rep. He’s using his contacts to create a concise but well-curated wine list that leans in on his love for rosé. There will also be a couple of beers on tap, and cocktails and spirits.
The plans for food are super simple – cheese jaffles, tartines, cheese and charcuterie. The breakfast menu will follow suit with fresh pastries to partner Allpress coffee.
The Old Seven will open at 567 Old Cleveland Road, Camp Hill on November 26.